- Realistic collectible model
- Diecast & plastic parts
- Highly detailed,
- Display stand included.
- Measures 8” L x 4.7” Wingspan
- Display model, recommended for hobbyists and collector 14 years and above.
The Northrop F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and the F-5E and F-5F Tiger II are part of a supersonic light fighter family, initially designed in the late 1950s by Northrop Corporation. Being smaller and simpler than contemporaries such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, the F-5 cost less to both procure and operate, making it a popular export aircraft. The F-5 started life as a privately funded light fighter program by Northrop in the 1950s. The design team wrapped a small, highly aerodynamic fighter around two compact and high-thrust General Electric J85 engines, focusing on performance and low cost of maintenance. Though primarily designed for the day air superiority role, the aircraft is also a capable ground-attack platform. The F-5A entered service in the early 1960s. During the Cold War, over 800 were produced through 1972 for U.S. allies. Though the United States Air Force (USAF) had no need for a light fighter, it did procure approximately 1,200 Northrop T-38 Talon trainer aircraft, which were directly based on the F-5A.
The F-5 was also developed into a dedicated reconnaissance version, the RF-5 Tigereye.
Saudi Arabia deployed F-5Es during the Gulf War, flying close air support and aerial interdiction missions against Iraqi units in Kuwait. One Royal Saudi Air Force F-5E was lost to ground fire on 13 February 1991, the pilot killed. Saudi Arabia From 1974 to 1985 received a total of 20 F-5Bs, 109 F-5E/Fs and 10 RF-5Es.
This Hobby Master model represents an RF-5E Tigereye of the Royal Saudi Air Force. RF-5E’s were assigned to the No 17 Squadron at Tabuk Air Base. The RF-5E is retired from service.
The model is highly detailed with squadron markings, panel lines, removeable canopy, detailed cockpit with pilot figure. The model can be displayed with multiple optional configurations, The landing gear is optional, one can select to display the landing gear in its extended position or to cover the wheel wells as in the inflight position. Metal display stand included.
This RF-5E is an excellent addition to your diecast aircraft collection.